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Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

OCCA Develops “Art Kits” For 21st Century After School Program, The News Guard (Oregon)

This school year, the Sam Case Elementary 21st Century Afterschool Program in Newport, Oregon partnered with the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) to facilitate four-week art classes for students. While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, the program has found a way to continue these classes through ‘art kits’ distributed to students’ homes. The kits include materials and instructions for map-themed ‘art challenges’ that teach students about shape, texture, lines and more. According to the News Guard, “McKenzie Purdom of the 21st Century program reports that the kids are very excited about the Art Kits and their Art Challenges.”

Boys & Girls Club Offers Familiar Face, Virtual Place During Pandemic, The Barnstable Patriot (Massachusetts)

Each day, the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod is providing two hours of interactive, live afterschool programming on Zoom while in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic. The programming includes “Mad Science” workshops, “Girl Talk” sessions, karate, yoga, music, English language arts, tutoring and more. The Club is also partnering with community members to expand programming, including a police officer who will conduct a ‘virtual tour’ of a police cruiser and the Mashpee, Massachusetts police station. “We often don’t realize how stressful this (new coronavirus situation) is for kids,” Executive Director Ruth Provost told the Barnstable Patriot. “They need a familiar routine and (they need) to be able to see people they know and like.”

How this North Omaha Program is Reaching Kids Even While It's Closed, Omaha World-Herald (Nebraska)

The NorthStar Enrichment Center provides tutoring, meals, college prep, lacrosse and more in an afterschool program for boys in Omaha, Nebraska. While the pandemic has meant the suspension of in-person programming, the center is busy distributing around 200 boxed dinners on Monday nights, breakfast and lunch on Fridays, and grocery boxes on Wednesdays. NorthStar President Scott Hazelrigg has also been visiting students from a distance by bringing lawn chairs and doughnuts to their front yards to check in and connect them to learning opportunities. The center is planning a summer learning program and distributing iPads so students can participate. “If it’s really hot, there are no jobs and people haven’t had structure, bad stuff happens,” Hazelrigg told the Omaha World-Herald.

Parks and Recreation Center Providing Virtual Classes to Keep Kids Active During Pandemic, KVEO-TV (Texas)

Students in Pharr, Texas are engaging in workout classes, martial arts, dancing, crafts, guitar classes and more thanks to virtual afterschool programming from the Pharr Parks and Recreation Center. The program started offering online classes to help students stay active and healthy during the pandemic. “Whether it’s dancing, taekwondo, [or] guitar, it keeps your mind off some things sometimes, so it’s a little bit of everything,” Recreation Supervisor Sara Guerra told KVEO-TV.

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Total Trek Quest Announces New Virtual Summer Program, ABC 13 (Michigan) Total Trek Quest engages boys in third through fifth grades in Grand Rapids, Michigan with afterschool programming focused on goal setting, social-emotional learning, physical activity and health education. This summer,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/10/20

Weekly Media Roundup: June 3, 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Youth Stay Active With Virtual Services, Encinitas Advocate (California) While in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sandieguito in California is offering tutoring, music classes and sports practice to keep...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/03/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 27, 2020

L.A. School District Plans Star-Studded Summer Learning for Students — with James Cameron Teaching ‘Titanic’ and a Book Group with Alicia Keys and Others, The Washington Post This summer, students in Los Angeles will learn to draw and animate from the studio behind...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/27/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 20, 2020

Burlington Provides Care at School — or at Home — for Essential Workers' Kids, Seven Days (Vermont) Afterschool staff and paraeducators are providing a safe, enriching learning environment for children of essential workers in Burlington, Vermont while schools and afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/20/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

OCCA Develops “Art Kits” For 21st Century After School Program, The News Guard (Oregon) This school year, the Sam Case Elementary 21st Century Afterschool Program in Newport, Oregon partnered with the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) to facilitate four-week art classes for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020

Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia) On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/06/20

Weekly Media Roundup: April 29, 2020

YMCA to Finish '7 Habits of Happy Kids' Series Via Video, The Sentinel-Record (Arkansas) This year, the Hot Springs Family YMCA Successful Children Out-of-School Recreation and Education (S.C.O.R.E.) afterschool program in Arkansas has facilitated a social-emotional learning series...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: April 15, 2020

After School Program Adjusting to Help Kids When There’s No School, QuadCities.com (Iowa) While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, the Spring Forward afterschool program in the Quad Cities region of Iowa has launched Spring Forward At Home. Through a partnership with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/15/20

Views from VISTAs: Updates from March 2020

Photo by Pragyan Bezbaruah, courtesy of Picnoi. AmeriCorps’ Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) work to alleviate poverty by providing indirect service to their communities. Our afterschool VISTAs and the work they do are essential to the expansion of afterschool access for the...

BY: Marisa Paipongna      04/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup, April 8, 2020

With Coronavirus Shuttering Its After-School Program, South Reading Youth Initiative Sends Help to Students' Homes, Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania) At the South Reading Youth Initiative afterschool program in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 100 first and second grade school students receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/08/20